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Alex damages berms protecting islands from oil

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Posted: Jul 1, 2010 5:54 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Coast Guard, Hurricane Alex, Grand Terre, Elmer's Island, Gulf of Mexico

The Coast Guard said sand berms designed to protect Grand Terre and Elmer's Island from oil encroaching from the Gulf of Mexico were damaged by Hurricane Alex.

Gov. Bobby Jindal said the berms kept the oil away. "They worked as designed," he said Thursday.

Jindal did not have reports on how a berm in the Chandeleur Islands was affected. He said one dredge working there did not halt operations and a second was to get back to work Thursday.

Jindal flew over the Barataria Bay and said oil from the BP spill was in passes and wetlands.

Barges blocking some passes were moved because of the storm but were returning to position late Thursday.

The National Guard said it would get to work immediately to repair the Grand Terre and Elmer's Island berms.

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